Intelligence Analysis Summer Program
About the Program
The National Security Agency's Intelligence Analysis (IA) Summer Program offers rising college seniors the opportunity to receive training in a variety of cryptologic disciplines. An intensive 12-week program that runs from the end of May through mid-August for undergraduates entering the final year of an undergraduate degree program, the IA Summer Program consists of formal classroom instruction, workshops, and on-site facilities tours to build knowledge and skills about NSA and the Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) process. This training is combined with an apprenticeship to senior NSA analysts for intensive, in-depth development work exploiting communications for vital strategic intelligence targets. Participants conduct extensive independent research on current foreign intelligence issues using numerous data sources while employing cutting-edge analytic tools and state-of-the-art tradecraft, resulting in a final product delivered to the sponsoring analytic office. The projects and the accompanying analysis become part of NSA's effort to provide a complete SIGINT picture to U.S. policy makers, military commanders, and other Intelligence Community (IC) members and partners.
While gaining an understanding of NSA, major SIGINT processes, analytic tools, and the U.S. IC, the students bring a fresh infusion of academic thinking to advance NSA's understanding of the targets and to make a significant contribution to its mission.
Specific skills gained include:
- Understanding modern digital communications
- Analyzing network structure
- Developing background on intelligence topics
- Using advanced analytic tools in multiple operating system environments
- Executing advanced query techniques within extensive classified and unclassified databases
- Understanding the structure and processes of NSA and the U.S. IC
- Conducting independent research and coordinating results with analysts in other disciplines across NSA's intelligence production organizations
- Preparing and presenting SIGINT findings to help satisfy customer requirements
Applications are accepted May 15th - October 15th each year.
Students are paid a competitive salary commensurate with their education level.
- Receive annual leave, sick leave and paid federal holidays
- Participation in agency-wide extracurricular programs
- Students who attend schools in excess of 75 miles from Ft. Meade, MD, are eligible for a round trip airfare ticket to and from school or mileage reimbursement up to the cost of a government-issued airline ticket.
- Daily transportation to and from work is not provided. Students participating in the program are highly encouraged to bring a vehicle. Carpooling with other students MAY be available but NOT guaranteed.
- Subsidized housing accommodations are available upon request if school is located in excess of 75 miles from NSA main HQs campus
- Must be a U.S. citizen
- Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance
- Must be a full-time undergraduate student entering the final year of an undergraduate degree program
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 desired
- Must be available for the entire 12-week program
- Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between May and March
- Major studies areas of consideration:
- International Affairs/Politics/Relations
- Intelligence/Security Studies
- Regional Studies
- Decision/Information/Data Science
- Note: Minors/Certificate programs or multiple courses in computer science, networking, technology, or telecommunications areas are highly sought.
- Students attending schools designated by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence as an Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence (IC CAE) in National Security Studies and designated as IC Scholars are particularly encouraged to apply. IC CAE schools are listed on our Institutions page.
How to Apply
Applications must be submitted online on or before October 15th. Applications received after the deadline and incomplete packets will not be considered.
To submit a resume online during an open season, click on any "Apply Online" link. Under "Basic Job Search," type keywords "Intelligence Analysis Summer Program" and click on "Search." Select "Intelligence Analysis Summer Program" and click "Apply Now." Follow the directions as prompted.
To be considered for the Intelligence Analysis Summer Program, submit a complete application package that includes:
- Current Resume
- Official transcript (unofficial is acceptable if legible)
- List of current fall semester courses and proposed spring course schedule
IMPORTANT: When applying online, you may only submit your resume. Please email the requested documentation to Summer_Interns@nsa.gov or by mail at the following address:
National Security Agency
Office of Recruitment
9800 Savage Road, Suite 6779
Fort Meade, MD 20755-6779
Attn: MB3, Intelligence Analysis Summer Program
If you have questions about the Intelligence Analysis Summer Intern Program, please contact us at the address above or call 1-866-NSA-HIRE. You may also email Summer_Interns@nsa.gov or call (410) 854-4726.